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Singapore okays pill for easier DVT treatment

Published on Sep 8, 2012 6:00 AM

A new anti-coagulant pill will simplify the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), bringing greater convenience and reduced costs for patients and hospitals.

The Bayer-developed Xarelto, or Rivaroxaban, which has been approved by the Health Sciences Authority here, is the first oral, single-drug approach for the treatment and prevention of DVT.

The condition occurs when a blood clot forms in veins deep inside the muscles of the legs. If the clot travels to the lungs, it can block blood supply, in a potentially fatal problem known as a pulmonary embolism.

Treatment for DVT currently involves daily injections of an anti-coagulant and oral medication. Frequent blood tests are also needed to check for possible food and drug interactions.

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